Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Well…the trailer for the new movie is so great that I just have to share it with you. Anyone else want to go wait in line with me on opening day? I know CarGuy is totally sick of doing it. Now, since he doesn’t read my blog I feel safe to tell you that my evil little brain has been devising exceptionally snotty ways of messing with him in connection with HP. One of my early ideas is to make him think I am planning this big elaborate trip to London in May 2011 for the premier of the last ½ of the last movie. I think this will be better than the time I made him think I got my belly button pierced! Good times, good times!
I tried to embed the trailer but it wouldn't work so just click on this link:
HP Half-Blood Prince Trailer
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Each morning when I get in the office I first groan over the state of my desk (you know those little elves that came and made all the shoes for that guy in the fairy tale? I pray every night that they will visit me and do all my work for me! But, alas, I’m on my own!), lose my mind over the amount of e-mails that procreated over night, and then go fill up my big Tupperware color changing cup with some sort of refreshing beverage. Yesterday I decided to have Crystal Light Raspberry Ice – yummm! So off I trot to our fabulous lunch room (it really is fabulous, I’m not being sarcastic here – just thought I better straighten that out because I’m normally extensively sarcastic) to prepare my yummy drink. I use the powdered stuff and I have found that if I start out with hot water it mixes much better. We have this awesome instant hot water spigot (man, that’s a weird word!) at work – I so need one of these at home! I filled my cup about an inch or so with hot water and dumped in the powder. I sealed the lid tightly (Tupperware burp…it’s the best!) and proceeded to shake the container to get everything all nice and mixed up before adding the ice and the rest of the water. Wow...this stuff smells great!!
Ok…so here comes the lesson! Listen carefully because this may save you from life altering embarrassment in the future…DO NOT shake a container of hot liquid unless you are absolutely certain the lid cannot pop off!! Tupperware lids can, and most assuredly will, pop off under this kind of pressure!!!
So here’s my public apology to all those fine folks that I work with for the beautiful hot pink sticky spray all over the kitchen. I tried to clean it all up but I’m sure I missed something – like the 10 ft. ceiling. Luckily for me I had a black dress on yesterday because I was wearing a large majority of the spray. I think I was attracting every mosquito in town with the smell!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Here are some zukes that will soon be some yummy dish but I'm not quite sure what to make...any suggestions?
And look at one of their many cousins soon to be gracing my table!!
The cukes are doing great too -- I planted the kind made for pickling so I'm sure I'll post all about the pickling process soon.
I don't have any peppers yet but I've got lots of blossoms -- won't those peppers hurry up!?!The tomatoes are doing great too -- I can't wait to pick some of these!!
And you know what comes next!!!
The boys are waiting for this part of the garden more than anything else. And speaking of boys, look what CarGuy has been nursing along....
Yep....those are little sprouts off the jalapeno that Peanut destroyed!! I told him that he might have some peppers for Secret Squirrel come Christmas time!!
Thanks for coming along with us -- I hope watching my plants grow isn't horribly boring! BTW...I love watching plants grow so if you have some garden updates of your own, post a link in the comments section and I'll come check it out!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
They are giving away a collection of 14 books of all different genres. I'm suprised that I haven't read any of these books yet. I've read books by some of the authors though so it looks like a collection of good reads.
Apple 4G iPod Nano in Silver!
I soooooo need this!! I have an RCA Opal that just doesn't cut it.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
There is a contest giving away a free double stroller. I entered because it'd be nice to have a double to take the babies out if I ever have a chance to go out without the other 4 kids. I'm actually close to winning! If you have a chance, click on the link and you can vote for me on the left hand side of the page. I'm the third name on the list.
Doula & Mom of 4 + 2 more on the way
Here's the link so you can vote for her and help her win that stroller.
Look on the left hand side and click Heather's radio button.
To learn more about Heather and her amazing brood you can check out her website too:
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Did you know that what flavor ice cream you like most tells volumes about your personality?!? Me neither!! Go check it out and let me know what flavor you are! Here's mine:
Butter Pecan: If your favorite flavor is Butter Pecan, you might be characterized as the perfect worker. You are devoted, conscientious, respectful and fiscally conservative. You hold high standards for right and wrong and show integrity in all of your actions. This includes an extreme sensitivity for others’ feelings. You aren’t one to wear your heart on your sleeve; it takes a little encouragement from close friends and family to share your deepest thoughts. Romantic Compatibility: You are most romantically compatible with those who prefer Mint Chocolate Chip.
Well...that's pretty close except for the part about not wearing your heart on your sleeve. I'm so a sleeve hearter!! CarGuy likes mint chocolate chip but I think if he had a choice he'd just be a regular chocolate chipper. Gosh...I'm not "most romantically compatible"...what shall I do now?
Thursday, July 17, 2008
But there are some songs that just speak to my heart exactly as they are and do not beg me to analyze them or figure out how to put my signature on them. Mercy Me's God with Us is one such song. It inspires my heart and I end up praising God with all I have. I agree like the song says that my praise is "such a tiny offering compared to Calvary" but I am so glad that God doesn't see it that way. It reminds me of when your young child brings you a dandelion they picked. In your eyes that is the most beautiful flower you have ever seen and you are so filled with emotion that maybe, like me, you've cried at the sight of that little flower that normally makes you want to pull your hair out and spend your last cent buying poison to rid your yard of them.
I see our praises as showering God in those childhood dandelions. Something that some in this world view as a scrouge upon the land become droplets of gold to God. So join me in praising God today -- let this song touch your heart and send up your dandelions to God with me!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I've seen lots of Wordless Wednesday posts around the blogosphere but I'm a word person and they always left me wanting to know the story behind the picture - besides I have a rather sucky (yep that's a technical term - use it well) camera so my pics are definitely not enough to carry a whole post. Rachel's "twist" first gives us a topic to post our pics about (really helpful since I need someone to focus me somewhere!) and she lets us tell that story, which for a word person like me (DH would call it being a yacky girl....hmmmm...I wonder if he has a secret blog out there and is calling me yacky girl -- my bloggy friends would tell me if they ran across it...right?) is perfect! The topic this week is "Summertime Days/July". There's so much that brings to mind that topic! I just grabbed my camera and starting taking pics.
Another July event at our house is walking to the lake to watch fireworks. This year CarGuy (wow...that sure takes longer to type than DH) and I took Peanut with us. All that darn dog wanted to do was watch the people walk by. He watched like 2 fireworks and he was all done. This is the dog that will sit on the couch with you and watch TV for hours. Oh, well, here's a pic of the fireworks that I took with my phone. I was actually quite surprised it turned out so well.
Of course, this being SwimBoy's birthday he is a big focus of our July events. Tonight we are going to go eat at the restaurant that I make the uniforms for (oh, man, I think I still have some to make so I better make the rest of this post snappy!). I was tempted to take a pic of him sleeping since that's exactly what he's doing now but I think he would kill me...but wait, he said he doesn't read my blog so here ya go! Peanut followed me in the room and jumped up and tried to kiss him!
Another thing I love about July is that CarGuy and I spend a lot of our free time sitting on the back porch. During the winter we don't have this time together without some type of technology interrupting us (TV, Computers, etc.). This is a time when we can sit and talk and catch up with each other. Normally this is our entertainment:
During July my garden really seems to take off. It's fun watching the sprouting happen in June but in July is when the big growth is witnessed. This is another view CarGuy and I have from our back porch.
Now lest you think all of July is one big happy party....feast your eyes on what CarGuy does to the front living room window during the scorching heat of July - did I ever mention we don't have A/C in our house?!?!
The corn is getting really high! I haven't noticed any ears starting yet but I'm keeping a close eye out for some!
We've got some cuke blossoms!! Woohoo!!
I know it's hard to see on the picture but there are dozens of pepper buds on this plant. I have know idea how this relatively small plant is going to hold up those peppers.
The peas are getting bigger but they still don't look too healthy. I've been watering them more so we'll have to wait and see what happens.
The tomato has completely outgrown it's cage -- this is how much of the plant is above the top ring.
I am going to have more zukes than I know what to do with if each and every one of these blossoms turns into a veggie!! They're awful pretty though!
Here's one of the first zukes -- isn't he cute?!?
Here's the newest member of the garden family -- meet acorn squash! I picked him up today for only $3.00!! I hope he stays as healthy as he looks now. I love acorn squash and I have a great recipe I want to share with you all for making a yummy baked acorn squash dish. Stay tuned and as soon as we are ready to harvest one of these we'll have a cooking lesson! I don't have adorable cooking assistants like Kay or Mama Kat but hopefully the recipe will be so yummy you won't mind my lack of adorable cooking assistants!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
When was the last time you had your hair cut/trimmed?
I just had a haircut on Friday! Before that it was probably a good 6 months – long hair is good that way.
Name one thing you miss about being a child.
No responsibilities!!! When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to grow up and now all I want to do is go back to the days when all I had to worry about was whether I was going to ride my bike or not that day!!
Pick one: butter, margarine, olive oil.
Depends on what I’m using it on but I tend to stay away from margarine if I can – it seems too fakey-fakey to me. I will use that yogurt spread though.
If you could learn another language, which one would you pick, and why?
Spanish definitely! We do mission work with an orphanage in Mexico and nearly all the kids speak only Spanish. The last time I was down there the language barrier really was a problem. I’m trying to learn but it’s really slow going.
Finish this sentence: In 5 years I expect to be…
At my goal weight, debt-free (except for my house), and doing more traveling for fun.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I want to give this person a piece of my mind but I know it's best if I keep my mouth shut. I know this type of behavior is indicative of someone who is not fulfilled and doesn't really feel like she's anything special. I know she just wanted to be the first to know so she could get that special feeling. I can understand the feeling because as DS (who wants to know why he doesn't get a cool nickname on here -- hmmm I'll have to give that some thought) gets older I am lower on the totem pole of information. I remember when he was a little boy I was the first to know everything and I knew everything going on in his life. It's just not that way anymore but as time goes by it gets easier to deal with. He has his own life and it seems the more I let go the more he keeps me involved -- another topic for another day to be sure! I don't think she has been able to get to this point and I'm not holding out much hope that she will.
Anyway...I wish I could just let this person know, in a kind way, that her reactions to things have a lasting impact on people. I wish I could get her to a point where she finds fulfillment in her own accomplishments rather than living vicariously through others. That vicarious living will only leave you flat when those you depend on don't do exactly what you want them to. I wish there was some way I could instill in her the confidence she lacks. There is so much I wish for her but as time goes by I only see her sinking deeper into the pit she's in. Where is that darn magic wand I ordered eons ago?!?! UPS is really getting on my list now!!! Grrrrr....
Sunday, July 6, 2008
The pic in this post isn't too clear but I just love it! Wasn't I just too cute -- I already had my Hollywood movie star picture filter going on!! I always insist the paparazzi put that filter on before taking my picture! I used one of the premade templates for this layout.
And here's another one...
This is my DH and DS fishing at my dad's pond in PA 4 years ago - btw...the pic in my header is the road out in front of his house too -- gosh I love that farm!! I got brave on this one and did everything from scratch for this page. They didn't really have a set layout that worked for me so I improvised. This site makes it really easy to do that! I've seen those digiscrapping software packages and thought I wouldn't really like them because I'm very hands on. I think I just might have been wrong! Now...I wonder how much a 12x12 printer is going to cost because I just have to print these out and put them in a book!! Ok...off I go to do some online shopping!! Gosh...I sure love the Internet!!!
ps...I found the easiest way to get these on my blog was to use the export to jpeg function on the scrapblog site -- look under the "file" pull down. Now...go scrap away and don't forget to come back and tell me so I can check it out!
Friday, July 4, 2008
I introduce you to the wonderful little straight-neck yellow squash. I know he looks a little puny now but I'm sure he'll perk right up once he's placed in the garden with some wonderful friends!!
The green pepper is doing much better -- see all those little buds?!?
The tomato is doing well too. I know it's a little blurry but those are some blossoms that will grow into wonderfully juicy tomatoes before too long! The wire you see is the top of the tomato cage so this plant is definitely growing like crazy! I've heard you should prune off the bottom branches to give the fruit a bigger supply of the nutrients. Anyone else heard this?
The jalapeno is doing much better since I moved it to a sunnier location. It now has some blossoms so there's hope for an actual pepper or two!
The cukes are growing but much slower than I expected. Maybe that means they will be the best cukes ever and will make the most delicious pickles you ever tasted!!
The zukes on the other hand are huge!!! I've noticed some buds and maybe next week I'll have some blossoms to show you!
The peas look absolutely pitiful! I noticed today that they didn't seem to be getting much water. I think the zukes are stopping the water from spraying over there. This week I'm going to concentrate on watering them separately and we'll see how they do.